ECLIPSED's SparkPeople Blog ECLIPSED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Time for another Rant! :) Winter is never an easy time for me. I hate being cooped up in the house, yet absolutely hate to go out in the cold and snow. What a dilemma :) So, it's almost midway through the shortest month of the year and the snow decided to sneak in last night when nobody was looking. They said we may get a coating, we got a couple inches. But, the rest of the week looks like it may be warming up, with spring not too far off. This makes me very happy! <BR> <BR> I have a hard time being motivated in the... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:08:17 EST Happy to be Running? Yes, I am! I actually had a pretty good laugh at myself this morning. I've ran twice this week with my trainer and was SO afraid to do it since all the drama with my foot. We only did a mile each time, but that is just a warm up to lifting. We were doing high reps, heavy weight this week and boy does this old body feel it! So, I ran and I didn't do bad. Slow, but steady. We passed a funeral home and I told Luke just drag me over if I didn't make it :) He is so patient with all my crabbing and... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:01:24 EST Same Old Story..... So here I am again, complaining about everything, hence the title, Same Old Story. <BR> <BR> I've been sidelined from walking and running for a couple months now and the elliptical just isn't the thing for me. I've been doing it 3 times a week before I lift and can't wait til I get off of it! So, I had 2 weeks of physical therapy for my foot, after having 2 cortisone shots, one worked for a couple months, the other for a couple days. I go into therapy not expecting a lot and am pleasantly su... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:01:09 EST Just a Rant I wish I knew what I was doing wrong. I cannot budge on losing weight, despite working out and watching my diet. I either have to kill myself in the gym or starve to see any little bit of progress. I hate to sound like this, but sometimes I just want to quit worrying about it. Yes, I'm overweight, but I can run, lift heavy weights and feel like I am in pretty good shape for an old (59!) lady. I can do hundreds of crunches, run outside (harder than the treadmill!) and can still do squats and l... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:27:12 EST Fun Day! At least that's what my trainer call it! LOL <BR> <BR> I never know what to expect from Luke, just when you get used to a certain way of working out, he completely changes things up on us. He trains me and my friend Paul at the same time, so we get a better rate that way and it's a lot more fun. <BR> <BR> So, we get to the gym and I ask whether we're running or not (I always hope NOT!) He says we're doing everything in the back room, which is where there are punching bags, steps, balls, rop... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 10:34:22 EST The Day After The First Day So yesterday was my first day back to the gym, working out with my old trainer Luke and another old friend, Paul. Wow, just being in the gym again gave me the confidence I need to do this. The last time I was with Luke, I lost over 40 pounds and I'm hoping I can do it again. <BR> <BR> All I can say is what I do at home with weights doesn't even compare to what I can do at the gym. Luke seems to know what I'm capable of, even when I don't. He gave me heavy weights and set the machines higher... Tue, 24 May 2016 09:44:20 EST Confusing? Just a little short blog today. <BR> I'm wondering why I can lose weight when not exercising, more so than when I do? My diet is pretty much the same either way and it's pretty confusing to me to say the least. I've been stuck at this weight for a few weeks now, while exercising (walking, running, lifting weights) I've been sick with a cold/flu since last Friday and lost a pound, without exercising, heck without hardly moving! It absolutely makes me crazy! And makes me wonder why I bother put... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:39:03 EST Back to Spark! Well, not really, I haven't 'left" I've just been tracking on my phone app. But, my husband got me a Fitbit for Christmas (after me telling him to get it!). So, I just found out that if I track online that my food with be synced to the Fitbit app on my phone! Who knew! But it sure makes tracking a bit easier than putting it in twice! Now if only they could figure a way for the apps to sync...... <BR> <BR> So, I came back to track and decided to look up a few old friends. I'm so surprised how... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 09:41:09 EST Lupus Follow-Up Well, it's been 6 months since my husband was diagnosed with lupus. It's been an up and down 6 months for sure! Since he got his meds regulated, it hasn't been too bad. He lost about 50 pounds in the couple of months before they figured out what was wrong. Well, those 50 are back and maybe a couple more :) I know it's the prednisone making him hungry all the time, but he's trying to kill me at the same time! He brings home chips, cookies, ice cream and anything else he feels like eating. Sinc... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:39:19 EST Life with Lupus - The Beginning Dizziness can be such a crippling thing. My husband found that out last February when he started feeling a little under the weather. He went to see our family doctor, who gave him meds for his stomach and was told that if he wasn't feeling better soon, to come back. The reason he wanted to be healthy was that we were planning a cross country trip in our RV, leaving in March. By the last week of February, he was getting dizzy and nauseous way too much. At first we thought maybe it was the flu,... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:26:26 EST Life with Lupus- Part 1, The Diagnosis Well after two hellacious months with my husband being sick and hospitalized twice, they've finally figured out he has lupus. Thanks to me. Yes, thanks to me. I've been asking him to talk to the doctors about lupus being a possibility and he always got mad at me. So, one day, his blood doctor comes in the hospital for his visit and he's stumped. They've tested everything under the sun and can't figure it out. I decided to ask him if they've done a test for lupus. He says "hmmm, he does have a... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:18:51 EST Self Motivated? I was talking to my old trainer yesterday and I keep coming back to something he said. I was asking him about using balls to train and he told me I should come back to his gym, there's a hip hop class (def not me!) and a fitness class for strength and conditioning. I can't go because of a prior commitment on the day of the class. I told him that I couldn't go and that I was going to work out at home. He pretty much laughed at me and said I wasn't self motivated. I said I thought I was and the... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:09:51 EST Inspiration? So where do I go to find it? <BR> <BR> Did a few updates on my page, haven't been on here regularly for a long time now. I track my food, water and exercise on my phone, so easy. But I'm finding that it's a habit, not something I'm actually thinking about when I do it. <BR> <BR> Sooooo, as soon as I decide to get my spark back, along comes the winter cold/flu, of course. Story of my life. Never, ever make plans because something or someone will always mess them up. I've literally been coug... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:13:08 EST Update on the Carbs/Health Ugh! I had my bloodwork done again and this time most of the things they were worried about are getting better. I wish someone would have listened to me when I told them about the steroid injections. My thyroid levels are better, but the doctor wants to leave me on the higher dosage, for now. Triglycerides, both cholesterols and glucose are down too. Very hard for me to believe, since I pretty much ate crazy during the holidays. <BR> <BR> I saw a diabetic specialist in November and she chan... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:57:49 EST Bad News Made Good! I had my bloodwork done last month, and followed up with my family doctor. He tells me my thyroid levels are down, meaning my meds need increased. I had just told my husband the same thing a couple weeks before that I thought my thyroid was messed up again. I haven't had my meds changed in years, but somehow I knew it. The second thing he says to me is that my diabetes is out of control. I was like, what diabetes? That's the first time I heard of it! So he puts me on new meds for that, and I ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:27:24 EST Oh No, NOT Again! I feel like all I do is complain when I post a blog! I've been working out pretty consistently, 2-3 times a week at the gym with my trainer, and 2-3 times a week at home on the treadmill. This isn't just putting in time, it's me pushing myself to do things at the gym that my body feels for a few days afterwards. I rotate my workouts on the treadmill, going fast enough to keep my heart rate up, then the next time I go faster and even jog a bit. So, back to my dilemma. I was pretty happy with m... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:04:14 EST Frustrated, again Just another question for anyone who knows. I've started back at the gym, working my butt off, lose a pound, gain 2, gain 1. Admittedly, my eating is not in line with where I want to be, but still trying to make working out a habit, instead of an occasional occurrence. Anyway, how do I gain 3 pounds in two days, without going way way over in my calories? This always seems to be my sticking point with trying to lose weight. I seem to be able to lose easier if I'm not working out!! How can this... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:09:00 EST Starting Over...........Again :) August 23rd seems like a long time ago, but it's only been a little over two months. That is the day I had the surgery that gave me back my life. If you go back and read my previous blogs, you'll see why. I really don't want to get into the details again :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am back at the gym, have a new trainer (a good friend) and am feeling like maybe I can do this again. I know that change takes time, but I am going to be patient and not rush it all. Exercise is easy for me when I feel... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 17:00:30 EST Surgery :( Well, I ended up having surgery on August 23rd. It was pretty painless, nothing near what I expected. I took percocet for two days then couldn't stand how it was making me feel, so I quit. The pain is tolerable so no more pills. The surgeon said that the skin tags he removed may have been making my problem worse, as one was pulling on the fissure, not allowing it to heal. I hope that he is right! I have a follow up appointment on September 9th and I'm hoping that things are healed enough for ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:54:37 EST Hitting the Fan and Trying to Get Through It All................... Just a disclaimer: this contains what some people would say is "too much information" sorry if any of it is offensive, but I was hoping to hear from someone who has this same embarrassing problem :( <BR> <BR> Ha! My last blog was before the sh** hit the fan in our house! <BR> <BR> After retiring and spending time in Jamaica and Florida to celebrate, we came home to HUGE medical problems for both of us. It started in April when Jack was having leg pain and shortness of breath. I told him he... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 16:15:01 EST Spring & New Beginnings............. Early April and spring is finally making an appearance here on the "east coast" of Ohio. The daffodils and crocuses have been up for a couple weeks and now my maple trees are budding. The lilies and peonies are poking up and there's a robin in my backyard who is feasting on the berries from my "cardinal candy" bush :) After this long winter, mother nature is finally starting to behave herself. <BR> <BR> I'm slowly making a comeback to spark; I forgot how hard it is to be accountable with my ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 10:36:39 EST Winter Blues.......... I definitely am not a cold weather person! Give me sunshine, heat, humidity and all the other things that come with summer. Just last week, I wore shorts to work 3 out of 4 days! It felt like spring was here. Yesterday I was wearing a flannel shirt, jeans, boots, gloves.........well, you get the picture. Winter was back with a vengeance, temps in the 20's, high winds, and snow :( <BR> <BR> Give me picnics, motorcycle rides, swimming, fireworks and burgers on the grill. No icy windows to scra... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 08:10:48 EST Exercises For People Over 50 I received this in an e-mail yesterday and thought it was pretty funny :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE OVER 50 <BR> <BR> Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. <BR> <BR> With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax. <BR> <BR> Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. Afte... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 07:46:56 EST ER X 2, Shadows & Vacation I woke up early on Thursday morning (4:30am!) with a stiff neck and pain in my right shoulder. I figured I either slept wrong or because Buster was laying on my head, as usual. I went out on the couch, being the sweet wife I am (didn't want to keep dh awake) When I finally woke back up around 6:30am, my neck was still hurting and now my left shoulder was in some pretty good pain. I was taking motrin and tylenol for the next 3 days, with very little relief. Jack wanted to take me to the er on ... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 10:04:34 EST A 3-Hour Tour......... Yesterday we took our boat out for the first time this summer (I know, it IS July!) I take my camera everywhere, so I took a few pics while we were out. <BR> <BR> We hadn't been out long when we came across this guy. The boat, the Lauren Elizabeth, is a paddlewheel, which we don't see much of unless it's the big ones coming up with tourists. Even those are few and far between now. He some kind of "dock" attached to the front and one woman was sitting there. The "captain" waved and she just s... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 07:44:42 EST E-mail Wisdom I have an e-mail account at work (yeah, ANOTHER one!) and this came today at the bottom of some boring work e-mail that I was deleting. I saw this quote and thought "this is just the way I should be thinking about my weight loss!" I've read and/or watched blogs by a couple of my spark friends and they have touched upon this subject a few times. A simple little sentence that says a whole lot. It's from "Anonymous" but I think that Kat or Hank probably could have written it. <BR> <BR> "Change... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 17:52:39 EST How do you fire your trainer?? Aarrgghh! I love my trainer, but he is getting married in July and moving away from the area. My old trainer, who I really, really love, is starting to train again and has asked me if I would like to come back. My dilemma is this: do I tell my current trainer I'm leaving him, or do I just leave? I've already committed to him for the month of May, but after that, I want to go back to my old trainer. How do I do this? Has anyone ever been in this situation, and if so, how did you handle it? Wou... Fri, 6 May 2011 16:04:08 EST Pondering............ As you know, I'm not much of a blogger. I never have much of anything to say :) Today though, I am home from work, waiting to go see my doctor. I think maybe I've been bitten by a spider, or some other creepy crawly bug. The worst part is, that it is on my inner thigh, just as high as you can go without running into other bodily parts ;) The area is hot to the touch, red, swollen and inflamed and it hurt enough to keep me awake half the night. <BR> <BR> So, here I am, browsing spark. <BR> <... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:03:52 EST Friends? I just made a few changes to my spark page and was looking over my list of friends. Seems like 9 of them just up and left! I went in to "remove" them and felt really bad about doing it. I remembered these people, interacted with them here and now I was removing them! I felt kind of bad; what if they came back? Would I find them again? Probably not. Funny how online friendships can work out, or not :( <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Tue, 8 Feb 2011 16:58:04 EST 1-1-11 It's all about the number 1 today! Today is the first day of a new year. It's typically the day that everyone decides to make resolutions for the coming year. It's a fresh start, a time to start over, a time to begin something new. Weight loss is probably the number one resolution that is made every year. I am not going to make that resolution this year or any other year. I've decided that I am going to make myself number one in all phases of my life. At home, it's just me and dh so that will be easy. At work I am learning to ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 16:14:38 EST I'll never understand all of this........... After last week's blog, I was happy to have lost 3 pounds! So I got back on the scale on Wednesday morning and was STUNNED to have lost more weight! A total of 8 pounds since a couple of weeks ago. I have never lost that much weight in that short of a time. I pretty much try to always watch what I'm eating, but I am still nowhere near perfect on my diet. I also was NOT doing any weight lifting or yoga, due to my wrists. So, I am at a complete loss as to what brought on this near miracle :) I ... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 09:43:45 EST Round Two..... So after my last blog, I stopped exercising for a week. I did try to stay with my good eating habits, although I did slip up a little. Guess what? I lost 3 pounds! I had a little laugh at my own expense, since after all this time of trying to lose weight, for me it's still a random thing. Exercise and diet work for a lot of people, but for some reason not me. I think I need to really sit down and figure this out! <BR> <BR> I did take MJMONE's advice and "lost" the scale for a week too. I tho... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 12:05:13 EST I'd like some cheese with my whine....... I've seen that posted a hundred times and thought it was kind of funny. Well, today I'm not laughing too much. This will be my official "whine" blog. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to lose weight most of my life. I don't really know why, other than people expect it. I have been thin, I have been "normal" weight (whatever that is!)and I have been and am overweight. I am a happy person most of the time. Heck, even my husband is happy with the way I am. But it seems like my weight is on my mind mo... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:39:42 EST Scary Weekend! As you may have noticed, I'm not much of a blogger. But I just had to get this weekend out of my system and this might be the way to go. <BR> <BR> I woke up at 3am on Saturday and had pain in my upper shoulder. Thinking I had just slept wrong, I tried to go back to sleep. Well, it wasn't as easy to fall back asleep as I thought. I finally got up around 6am and was still having pain in my back and shoulder, even a little in my chest. So I start worrying that I'm having a heart attack and dumm... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 08:48:42 EST Today's the day! Last night I dreamed I was out running again, which I haven't done since November. Then my boss told me I looked like I was losing weight (I'm not!) My husband got chinese for lunch (for him, not me!) and I had one of the fortune cookies. My fortune read: "It is better to attempt something and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed." I've been doing a lot of nothing and succeeding very well! All of these things combined to finally give me some motivation to get back to business. So, w... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:24:00 EST And so this is Christmas............. ......and what have you done? <BR> <BR> Another year over <BR> And a new one just begun <BR> <BR> And so this is Christmas <BR> I hope you have fun <BR> The near and the dear one <BR> The old and the young. <BR> <BR> A very Merry Christmas <BR> And a Happy New Year <BR> Let's hope it's a good one <BR> Without any fear <BR> <BR> And so this is Christmas <BR> For weak and for strong <BR> For rich and the poor ones <BR> The road is so long <BR> <BR> And so Happy Christmas <BR... Fri, 25 Dec 2009 18:07:32 EST Dog Days of Summer Dog Days of Summer has quite a lot of different meanings, I've come to find out. I thought it was the time of summer when it was hot and humid and people were content to sit on their porches and cool down at the end of a long, hot day. I'm not far off the mark! <BR> <BR> According to Wikipedia, "The phrase Dog Days or "the dog days of summer", Latin: Caniculae, Caniculares dies, refers to the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere they usually fall between early July... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 09:05:44 EST Irresponsible Pet Owners I HATE THEM! <BR> <BR> Coming home from running errands today, I saw a small kitten lying dead in a construction area. It was in the middle of a business area and had no business being there. WHY do people have pets, then let them have litters that they have no intentions of taking care of?! That poor little kitten never had a chance at life, and seeing it there just made me cry. <BR> <BR> I remember when I was young, that a lot of people let their dogs run loose, but they were taken care... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 13:10:28 EST That Light Bulb Moment I was posting on one of my team threads today, and what I was writing sounded like something I wanted to put in my blog, so here it is. <BR> <BR> I was talking with Paul this morning at work and was crabbing that I am having such a hard time losing any weight this time around. He told me that even though I haven't lost, I am getting healthy and then he grabbed my arm and said, look, you have muscles too! I thought about that off and on all day. It was like that light bulb going off in my hea... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 18:20:39 EST What goes up............ Must come down! At least that's what they all say. I've been sick for a couple of weeks and haven't been to the gym or doing much of anything else for exercise. So, I get on the scale today and have lost 2 more pounds! WTF? I have been watching my diet since I'm doing nothing to work off any extra calories, so I was very shocked and pleasantly surprised. So, I decided to check my measurements. Imagine my surprise when those have gone down too. I plan on heading back to the gym on Monday and n... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 14:28:29 EST Points For Blogging? Well, here's an easy way to get the points, or is it? I'm not an avid blogger and probably never will be, but I just couldn't resist when I saw that I would get points!! Seriously, I won't blog for points. Well, maybe just this once............ <em>211</em> Thu, 1 Jan 2009 18:58:45 EST Time to Downsize I've come to the conclusion that I spend way too much time on Spark. That should be a good thing, but it is taking time away from other things I should be doing. I spend at least an hour here everyday, sometimes more. This weekend, I am going to trim down my teams, stop worrying about how many points I'm earning, get rid of all the Spark e-mail, and only track food, exercise, and live up to my challenges for the teams I stay with. I will miss it, but I need to take care of me and my family fi... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 18:44:56 EST VACATION! Tomorrow we are leaving for vacation! I am very excited about our trip, but I am also very worried about gaining weight! I've packed all my workout clothes, running shoes, and lifting gloves, so I have no excuse not to exercise. I tend to fall into the habit of lying on the beach with a good book and a good drink! I am making a promise to myself to get at least 30 minutes of exercise 4-5 times a week while on vacation. Running, swimming, lifting and maybe even some tennis, pilates, yoga and w... Fri, 7 Nov 2008 19:49:28 EST Ups and downs I've about had it with the crazy ups and downs on the scale. Up three, down two. Then over and over again. I've been doing this for a YEAR! I know I overeat or snack sometimes, but a three pound GAIN overnight? WTF? I have NO problems with exercising, only I know I don't work out as hard at home as I do at the gym. I do walk when I'm at home, sometimes run/walk on the treadmill, and do strength training too. I still fit into all my clothes, but am scared to death to do any measurements. I see... Sat, 4 Oct 2008 08:42:19 EST Vacation blahs Just got back from Vegas and TRIED to track my food and exercise. I just gave up and will try again tomorrow. I didn't eat my 3 meals plus 2-3 snacks, but I didn't eat a whole lot either. Just did 2 or 3 meals a day, no snacking, and very little strength training. I DID walk for miles, literally! I wore my pedometer everyday and was so surprised at how far we went. The most we did was 9 miles and the least was 6. I'm ready for bed now. 'Nite! Thu, 31 Jul 2008 22:32:26 EST It's not over yet It's been about six weeks since my blog about the plateau, and I am still here. Luke has changed my workout to lift heavy and for a while I thought it had kick started me into losing again. I had lost about 4 pounds and this morning the scale tells me they are back. I am out of ideas on what to do. Worse yet, I start my vacation in a week and will be away from the gym for three weeks. All of this together is making me so stressed out, and I am typically one who doesn't stress. I just don't kn... Sun, 20 Jul 2008 08:56:03 EST I WON!! Spun the Spark Wheel for my log-in points and hit on the key chain. It's supposed to be here in 3-4 weeks. First time I won something on that old wheel! <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2008 20:27:42 EST End of the Plateau? Not quite yet, but I hope that this is the end of the dreaded plateau! I've been stranded here for months, with little or no weight loss, even gained a few. Luke tells me that even though I haven't lost any weight, I am still getting stronger and making my body do what I want it to do. He also said that I have been maintaining all this time too. Funny how I never thought that maintaining at this weight could be a good thing. I am ready to lose those last 20 or so pounds and get on with mainta... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 07:55:03 EST IBS So this is my diagnosis after 3 months of living with pain. I've read all there is to read regarding digestive problems and still don't think this is my problem. I've tracked my food on spark for a year and cannot find anything specific that causes my pain. I've even had it when I didn't eat! Go figure! Still waiting for one more test result and will call the doctor this afternoon for the results. My next move will be to try to take a fiber supplement and a multi-vitamin. Just when I start to... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 11:47:30 EST Mom & Dad Here's a picture of my Mom & Dad from 1992 at my brother's wedding. It's not really a good picture of her, since you can't really see her face with those big 80's glasses! Thu, 6 Mar 2008 13:24:38 EST